Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's?
Lately I have been leaving my Nikon DSLR's at home while taking my LX3 as my primary camera. Today I faced the ultimate test; my child's birthday party. While I would normally have taken my gripped D200 with Nikon 17-55mm 2.8 AF-S and SB800 to any remotely important event, today I opted to simply take my LX3. No back up, no external flash, no tripod, no bag full of gadgets.
The IQ of my D200 still beats the IQ of my LX3, but I opted to stick with the LX3 because of its light weight and decent IQ. I felt strange (almost naked) without my DSLR, but I believe I enjoyed my child's birthday much more because I wasn't as obsessed with the picture-taking process as I normally would have been.
It may be that I'm getting older (less enthusiastic of lugging around a heavy DSLR outfit), but when weighing in the compromises of either better IQ or portability, I have been opting for portability. I have been considering the Olympus E-PL1 for this very reason. My fear is that I will probably end up shelving my D200 (I currently have two D200 and two D1X bodies but only use one of each while its twin remains almost new in storage as back up). The micro 4/3 format looks very appealing to me because of its smaller size, but I have also toyed with the idea of a Nikon 3100. I only have one DX lens (the 17-55), so I'm not tied in to DX as I am with Nikon lenses in general.
Anyone else leaving their DSLR's at home while opting for their point & shoots as primary cameras?
#1. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 0Captain Rich Nikonian since 25th May 2006Wed 08-Sep-10 12:08 AM
I've been taking my LX-3 when I wander around town or for family gatherings. It isn't as quick or versatile as the D200, but it sure is more portable.
I've been considering reverting to film, but it seems really impractical (cost and problematic with security when flying). My FA, 24, 50, and 105 weigh far less than the D200 and any zoom, plus they're easier to pack and to shoot - in many respects, but not all. But, I still love the instant feedback digital provides for exposure and composition.
#3. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 1Wed 08-Sep-10 10:55 PM
>I've been taking my LX-3 when I wander around town or for
>family gatherings. It isn't as quick or versatile as the
>D200, but it sure is more portable.
>I've been considering reverting to film, but it seems really
>impractical (cost and problematic with security when flying).
>My FA, 24, 50, and 105 weigh far less than the D200 and any
>zoom, plus they're easier to pack and to shoot - in many
>respects, but not all. But, I still love the instant feedback
>digital provides for exposure and composition.
I too have sometimes thought about going back to film for quick shooting (my N80 is as light as a feather compared to my D200), but it is too expensive compared to digital. Also, I am so disappointed with all the "labs" in my area that I truly doubt any lab technician around here is capable of developing a roll of film without ruining it. The more I think about the expensive, incompetent labs in my area the more I'll rant, so I'll quit thinking about it for now.
On a happier note, I just noticed that Nikon released a new point and shoot (the Coolpix P7000) which appears to be nearly identical to the G11:
I hope this one lives up to its specs.
#9. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 1Sorensen Registered since 27th Apr 2008Wed 15-Sep-10 06:54 PM
Just the same thoughts as mine. I used to have an FA + 35/2 + 105/2.5. But then I took a picture of my 4yo the other day, with my D80 and 50/1.8, at ISO 800 - way beyond any film quality I have seen. And D80 is not supposed to be particularly good at high ISO.
I also doubt I would have focused as well at 60cm and f/2.8.
I know there is the M9, but I also know the price tag.
Small, fast, affordable - pick any 2?
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#2. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 0
When I want a less bulky camera and am willing to sacrifice a little IQ, I've been carrying a Canon G11. It's not for serious photography, but it gives me more control than a simple point and shoot.
#4. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 2Wed 08-Sep-10 11:09 PM
>When I want a less bulky camera and am willing to sacrifice a
>little IQ, I've been carrying a Canon G11. It's not for
>serious photography, but it gives me more control than a
>simple point and shoot.
I have read many positive reviews of the G11. My understanding is that it is a very capable camera and offers users plenty of control. I have also read that the IQ of the G11 is very good as well.
When I purchased my LX3 it was a toss up between it and the G10 at the time (possibly the G9, I can't remember).
With the success of high quality compact cameras such as the G11 and LX3, my guess is that manufacturers will probably be focusing their efforts more on this market. Who knows if in the near future the image quality and performance of P&S's can rival that of DSLR's? It would be nice to be able to carry a compact camera which would be equally fast as a DSLR and would have the same IQ! My thoughts are that there is currently the technology to build such a camera, but marketing dictates that there is still lots of money to be made with the sales of DSLR's and lenses.
#5. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 4somhompho Nikonian since 24th Feb 2009Fri 10-Sep-10 09:27 PM
I bought Olympus E-PL1 few months ago, and I think of it -and have been using it- as my P&S with interchangeble len - I got an adaptor to be able to use it with all of my Nikkor lens. E-PL1 cost about the same as Cannon G11 and the new Nikon P7000.
Images from E-PL1 is not what I get from My D300 with F2.8 nikon lens, but that's OK when I just want a snap shot when going out with friends, and when I don't want to seen as "camera geek". Althought I have got some very useable street scene & still life shots from it. And I have no regret carrying a camera backpack with my D300 + 6 lens including 24-70 and 70-200 f2.8 with me on the plane when I have to go to my parent 50th aniversary, where my 6 siblings and their children would be there too.
The down side of the E-PL1 is that it has no external dial button. Everything is by menu, so it's not as quick when you need change exposure mode, f-stop or ISO etc... The new Nikon P7000 has scene mode & exposere switch that I wish I have on E-PL1. But then the you can't change lenses on the P700 or G11. Be able to use my fast lens with a compact camera was a major factor on going to a micro 4/3, hopefully when Nikon come out with EVIL camera I will upgrade the E-PL1 to that.
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#6. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 5Sat 11-Sep-10 02:16 AM
We are just about to embark on a major European trip like that. I normally shoot with a D90 and all the gear, but then again, we pack it in the RV or car. With the upcoming trip, I imposed a one-suitcase rule and that pretty much ruled out taking the usual photo gear. We are traveling with relatives for part of the trip and will make this more of a social trip.
I recently purchased two Lumix ZS7's for us because they have decent video and a good zoom range, besides being easily packable. The GPS isn't a bad addition either. We recently took a RV trip to Utah with these and all our other gear, and I did several setups for comparison shots. I found out that, with care, the P & S's were perfectly acceptable in good situations, but came up short in poor light or hand-held zoomed out. I would like a LX3 for the raw and fast lens, but I would also miss the zoom range to pick up details out of range, or individuals in a crowd. Zooming with your feet doesn't always work.
I will let you know how all this works out in a couple months. We decided to go simple, pick and set up our shots carefully, and enjoy the surroundings. It would be nice if it worked well and I didn't feel like I had to go with a larger body like a Nikon 7000, G11 (12 by then) or GF whatever in the 4/3's format. I will follow this thread to see what others are experiencing.
#7. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 0
When I changed from using a film SLR to digital media, I chose a digital point and shoot (Ricoh Capilo GX100 with 24-72mm equivalent lens) instead of a DSLR. The reason I chose a P&S camera was because of its portability while traveling. I could easily put the P&S in a brief case for business travel, or in the center console of my car, in the tankbag of my motorcycle, or while traveling in public transportation, be it by plane, train or subway.
The reason I chose GX100 in particular was because few if any other P&S cameras fulfilled my requirement for a wide angle view, in making images of equipment installations for my business, and street and scenic photos for travel.
Because of the P&S limitations in viewfinder and image quality, I just recently started to use a D90 with 16-85 VR lens, a combination that provides a similar range of view angles as the GX100, yet I think improved image viewing and image quality.
So one might say that in order to meet my particular requirements, I may have opted for a DSLR instead of a P&S, a move just the reverse that proposed in the original post.
As the saying goes: "Your mileage may vary"
and so do our requirements and priorities.
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#8. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 7Sun 12-Sep-10 05:26 PM
It would be interesting to know, in a year or two, how your choices work out and how you end up mixing the two. I feel naked going without the D90 but am forcing myself to compromise and experiment. I hope that I am not sorry at the end of it but will live with things this way for this trip. There certainly is no right and wrong way to do it (I hope).
#10. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 0
Having been an owner (and the seller) of perhaps all the low to mid-range Nikon DSLR's have come to the conclusion that a simple Canon point and shoot operating on AA batteries is by far the most practical digital device for me.
To that end recently sold my D90 and the 18-105 glass to a friend in California, at a decided lo$$. Found the low-prriced Canon did a far better job. Nikon point and shoots to me simply don't work.
Then too, there is so many varied point and shoot devices that one is hard-pressed to even thing DSLR.
For everything else where digital is not required it is one of my two trusty Nikon F100 film cameras loaded with colour slide film.
The transition from Kodachrome to Fuji has been difficult!
Photography should be pleasure for one's self.
however such pleasure no longer exists
hence all kit has now been sold.
#11. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 0
I find that this camera has a life by itself, or as a kit-bag accessory for when I'm carrying everything.
Sometimes it's just nice to break away from the overall kit and take it to dinner. I know when I replace my DSLR with the LX3 that I'm making some significant compromises from the get-go. However, we have some very memorable images from just the LX3.
#12. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 0
I, personally, do not like the 4/3 system, because it means a new line of lenses. In addition, what is the advantage of it over a camera like the D3100 or D5000? It is not that small and convenient like a compact camera.
I have the Leica D-Lux 4 up for sale, in Nikonians, for $549 and about to withdraw the offer. If I sell the camera, after discounting PayPaly costs and shipping, I would net ~ $500. I’m losing my shirt if sold, because I paid ~ $900 for the whole system, including $110 for the Leica leather case, which is way overpriced, but it is high quality, fits the camera like a glove, the lining protects the camera very well, and allows me to carry the D-Lux 4 attached to my belt – a tremendous convenience and the thing that makes the camera that much more valuable (OK. The reality is that I paid $50 more than it should have been, but it is worth it, imho.)
I got the D-Lux 4 as a lifer and “have with me at all times camera.” I knew a year ago, that Panasonic was coming out with the LX-5 and Leica would announce the D-Lux 5, this coming Photokina. After testing the camera, I decided to keep it. The quality of the photos was all I needed from a compact camera. The biggest problem with it is noise at above ISO 800, but it is a very small sensor, something to be expected. Since I’m into digital painting, this camera is all I need for those photos.
My analysis and decision was excellent – the D-Lux 4 is a great little camera with a retro look – except one thing, which I did not imagine at the time. What am I going to photograph in Los Angeles? Parking lots? That is all there is in this city – it is not New York, Boston, London or Paris!
To give you an idea. The last time I used it, was to take photos of Torrance Memorial Hospital (The first photo - I drove my wife to visit her patient at the hospital.) If I have to go to a location or party, I take a different camera. I do not know what to do with it.
PS: I just withdrew the offer for better or worse.
#13. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 12Wed 27-Oct-10 12:46 AM
Update: I just returned from a weekend wedding shoot/vacation. While I packed two D200's, two SB800's and a Nikon 17-55mm 2.8 with a couple dozen CF cards, after the wedding I left the DSLR's at the hotel and went sight-seeing with my LX3 and TS1. I shot more with my LX3 than I did with my D200 at the wedding! The TS1 went with me to the beach, in the ocean, in the pool, and even under the rain!
#14. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 0
I am with you on this...I'm getting older as well, and find myself grabbing my G10 more and more often, especially if I'm on a vacation and just want to take some street shots of buildings, etc. It fits nicely into a small belt case, and as long as you are careful with your ISO choice, the IQ is perfectly acceptable up to 400...better at 200. On a trip a couple of years ago, the D300 stayed in the room other than when we were sight seeing in the car. The G10 still gives me some control, and in normal daylight, even overcast, serves me well. I'm sure the G11/12 would be even better, but a person could go broke trying to keep up with the "bleeding edge" of this technology.
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#15. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 0
I love my D2x for its built quality, the same my primes (even more I love my F100) but that said, in the last years I only used the DSLR 1x a year when i went on vacation, the F100 not at all for the last 5 years. Otherwise its the LX3 all the time. IQ normally is acceptable but the compromise on speed is sometimes really frustrating, also missing 1.4 aperture. So I basically made up my mind to go for an M (maybe M9 and M6, lenses still to be discussed)
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#16. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 15Larry E30 Nikonian since 27th May 2009Thu 25-Nov-10 12:30 PM | edited Thu 25-Nov-10 12:35 PM by Larry E30
P+Ss can do quite a good job at capturing.
I too got into P+Ss when I started on digital.
Alot of what I have here in 'non-Nikon camera' is P+S.
SLRs ... are zooming in on ...better/MORE intimate (quality).
I been thinking of a G12 or P7000 lately.
But I am in NO way giving up my SLR outfit ; I'm lucky ...
my SLR is D5000-small and light,two kit lenses-small/light AND
52mm threads!!!!!Even my Tokina 10-17 is small and light....
Anyway , point being...now-er-days if ya get a higher end P+S
you can do quite well,and have quite a range of mm's built in.
And that -in a small/light (package).
Down side is - little less quality(not so bad),and low-light
high quality capeability.
I have quite a bit of fun P+S stuff here - check it out if ya like,
I'm 'Larry E30' and I come from P+S !!!
Picture below - is with an early P+S , 3.2 meg. ,that I would take kayaking,not risking my "better" P+Ss. Didn't have SLR at the time.
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#17. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 16Larry E30 Nikonian since 27th May 2009Thu 02-Dec-10 05:33 PM | edited Thu 02-Dec-10 05:51 PM by Larry E30
I have an up-date , and a possable suggestion ...even for anyone
looking to lighten-up.Or - start-up small and light.
A step down in quality from G12,and bulkyer is the new Canon SX 30 IS.
Kinda the size of a compact SLR,but all lenses in one.
With / 24mm-836mm eqv.(35mm) with IS , it's impressive.
And with these programs,fixing can go a long way,esspecially if
ya try to get the best base image ya can.
Now you really have to take care to get VERY good shots...and a super thin but fairly tall tripod is a plus...over 450mm eqv.
If I want to go light - travel ...I could just take this camera...
and find something to brace on (over 450mm).
Or take my travel kit , this camera ,that small,light,4 footer tripod
w/ easy carry strap...AND...in a 6x8" bag...
my Nikon 8400w/Nikon w/glass converter ...(starts at 17mm eqv.)
...that some range for a "travel kit".
Now , I kinda did my own intimate (up-side-down)review ...on this
camra;Canon SX 30 IS...
and I find it quite good(with use of care - and quickly knowing /learning settings/modes etc.)-(and quickly appling)
I also find a compact SLR out-fit is sure a plus.
I have the small,compact D5000 w/ 2 kit VR lenses.
So a combo like that...is sure not too much for trips.
Those two lenses take 52mm filters!!And they are light lenses.
(But I did add 2 lenses AND 2 converters to this outfit)!
I do lots of small traveling.
Glad we-all talk about these things - because - people can reserch
these threads and make BETTER educated choices...to what "fits"
them and their needs and desires.
Happy day , Larry
Edit note ; I might NOT buy this Canon SX 30 IS ... if I wanted to mainly shoot fast.
ie;to zoom out to 836mm takes 2 seconds(maybe +)!
I suggest ... try before you buy.
I'm Larry E30 , you could look at my thread ...to see quality of,
and me getting to "know",and best use this camera.
#18. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 0
I'd say that I'm split at about 50-50. My P&S isn't high enough quality to be my primary. The shutter lag is still annoying.
Although not a P&S, if I had a Leica M8 or M9, I don't think the DSLR would get much use.
#19. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 0
I recently got myself a Lumix LX5 specifically for 'going out with the boyfriend and want to be able to take photos' situations. I found myself missing shots because of being overly sensitive to 'holding things up' to bring out the DSLR, or being in spots where my DSLR was too 'obvious' (dinner w/ the D90 plus grip plus big lens etc).
I have found it very useful, though, for the range at 2.8 that it offers (which I currently don't have in my DSLR lineup) - at a recent music recital at my son's school (in the gym), I used both the D90 with my 35-70 2.9 and the Lumix for the extra wide and the extra reach. (If only my 16-85 was a 2.8 I'd be in heaven!)
#20. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 19Sat 18-Dec-10 10:14 PM
>I recently got myself a Lumix LX5 specifically for 'going out
>with the boyfriend and want to be able to take photos'
>situations. I found myself missing shots because of being
>overly sensitive to 'holding things up' to bring out the DSLR,
>or being in spots where my DSLR was too 'obvious' (dinner w/
>the D90 plus grip plus big lens etc).
>I have found it very useful, though, for the range at 2.8 that
>it offers (which I currently don't have in my DSLR lineup) -
>at a recent music recital at my son's school (in the gym), I
>used both the D90 with my 35-70 2.9 and the Lumix for the
>extra wide and the extra reach. (If only my 16-85 was a 2.8
>I'd be in heaven!)
How do you like your LX5 so far? Have you had any issues with missed shots due to shutter lag? The LX3 was a great little camera and I have read that the LX5 is a bit quicker. There is more of a focus on video capture with the LX5 vs. the LX3, but I wonder if the IQ is at least the same or better as well as the shutter lag.
#21. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 20Sun 19-Dec-10 07:39 AM
So far so good! I think the best thing about it though is that I will and do carry it everywhere. So I get shots of things that are great quality that I would have totally missed because I otherwise wouldn't have brought a camera along. I really like the LX5. I only had a DSLR up until I got it, so I don't have a comparison to make to other cameras. I remember reading a million LX3 reviews and in some ways wonder if I would have been happier (and pocketbook happier) if I went for it but As I have a D90 whose video is not super, I wanted something to get nice little vids of my son doing kid stuff to email to grandparents etc.
#22. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 21Lynceus Charter MemberSun 19-Dec-10 08:16 PM
I LOVE the LX 5. The ability to shoot silently and with sqaure and 19/9 aspect ratios with a very fast lens allows me to get some shots I could not get with my Nikon D-300. It is important to master the color (film) settings with the various shooting modes. Thne "IA" setting is extraordinary but the "Happy" color setting (rich and deep saturation) is not good for every occassion. The LX 5 is, for me, a speciality camera---the Canon G-10 is more vesatile (better flash, longer range, more practical lens cover).
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#23. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 0
I guess I am also in the same boat – opting for my Panasonic GF1 instead of lugging around my D300/D700 with a couple of lenses. I have been a Nikon user since the time I started serious photography way back in 1973.
I have made several tests with both the systems and I find that I am able to make larger and sharper pictures with the Panasonic GF1. Before my statement prompts someone to throw something at me, I am also clarifying that the images from the GF1 are not in the same league when in comes to the dynamic range or noise control. Of course, I have also reduced the printing resolution from 300ppi to 240ppi (I cannot see any discernible difference in image quality between 240ppi and 300ppi).
I am now 65, and do feel the burden of carrying heavy equipment on long trips. But when my friends take me along in their cars, I do carry my trusty Nikons!
By the way, has anyone else also felt that they are able to create larger (and sharper) images with the Panasonic GF1, or is it just my imagination?
#24. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 23somhompho Nikonian since 24th Feb 2009Sun 26-Dec-10 06:07 AM
I Agree. and yes I can make same size print from my Olympus EPL-1 as my Nikon D300.
Although I only have Olympus Epl1 - which is not in same league as GF1 or Olympus EP1 & EP2. I think of my EPL1 as my "small" camera- stay in my backpack/Brief case all the time, and I would get the kind of pictures that I would miss if I didn't have my D300 & 24-70mm with me. And no I don't expect my EPL1 to produce the same quaity images as my D300 + Nikkor trinity lens. Butare images from my EPL1 any good? well they are way better than my sister in-law definition of good picture - any pictures with her kids in it are "good picture" to her. My point is that it seems silly to try to compare images from a compact P&S or micro 4/3 system to a $1000+ Nikon body with high end lenses.
I'm hoping to upgade to the D700 when it become available.
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#25. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 0
A lot of folks I know or hear from don't carry their big DSLR rigs around daily. I only take my D300 out with something planned. My old 3MP Olympus 550 P&S died a few months ago and I have missed having something in the console of my car for those spontaneous occasions.
For Christmas I asked for and got a Canon SX210 IS. Looks to be great so far but didn't have a SD memory card until I found an old 256mb card. As soon as the 10+ inches of snow clears, I will go get something.
Only issues are I wish it had an optic an viewfinder and used AA batteries.
#26. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 25Sun 26-Dec-10 04:35 PM
>Only issues are I wish it had an optic an viewfinder and used
I agree with you on the optical viewfinder issue, but it should be high quality. I've been disappointed with most that I've tried and have reluctantly resorted to using the screen. I think this may be a less important issue for those who've grown up in a digital world.
Regarding the battery issue, I would have agreed with you several years ago, but I'm impressed with the capacity of today's batteries. In most cases a fully-charged battery will last me as long as I need it and, if not, a charged spare is more than enough. Backpacking trips and similar adventures can be problematical but I'd rather carry a small, solar charger than a supply of AA batteries.
#27. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 26Sun 26-Dec-10 04:39 PM
This is re: the LX5 - perhaps its just the way I use it, but I find I need to charge the battery after every outing because if I don't, I don't get a lot of life out of it the next time out!
#28. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 27Drbee Nikonian since 05th Aug 2004Sun 26-Dec-10 05:04 PM
I typically carry two extra batteries with my LX-5, however I've never run one down during a day's shooting. Travel days are the most demanding.
#38. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 25
A little bit of a follow-up. I love my SX210 except primarily for the lack of an optical view finder. I can live with the proprietary battery as I bought a backup battery. (Non-Canon from Amazon. Doesn't last as long but ok for backup. For my D300, tried a Hong Kong Fleabay special and it wouldn't recharge so I stick to Nikon batteries on it).
Love the convenience, good images but miss the flexibility of the D300. I joined a group doing a Project 365 and I have tried to use the P&S primarily. Great most of the time but when I went to an air show, the D300 was the camera to have. I tried to use the P&S for the movie camera shots I wanted but it was too difficult to locate and track the planes in the air with the lens zoomed out. Stability when the lens is zoomed all the way out can be difficult. (Time for the monopod maybe??)
For me, the bottom line for now is that it is a valuable tool in my kit. I wouldn't use my circular polarizer at night; every tool has a proper place and use. The P&S has its place.
#29. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 0
After reading this, I've been researching the LX5 and am impressed with what I see. Although this is in the Non-Nikon Camera forum I'm hoping it's appropriate to ask those following this thread which Nikon camera would be most competitive with the LX5 and why.
#30. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 29Rohinton_Mehta Nikonian since 16th Feb 2002Sun 26-Dec-10 11:25 PM
>After reading this, I've been researching the LX5 and am
>impressed with what I see. Although this is in the Non-Nikon
>Camera forum I'm hoping it's appropriate to ask those
>following this thread which Nikon camera would be most
>competitive with the LX5 and why.
Comparing oranges to oranges, The Coolpix P7000 would be the most competitive Nikon camera when compared to the Panasonic LX5. The LX5 has the advantage of being smaller than the P7000, and also starting at 24mm equivalent focal length, which is a great advantage in my opinion. The P7000 starts at 28mm equivalent.
On the other hand, the P7000 has a longer "reach" as compared to the LX5.
#31. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 0
The quality of some P&S should not be underestimated. In addition my Canon S95 is so small that I always have it in my pocket. As someone said, "there is no better camera than the one you have with you". A reasonable P&S is also excellent for traveling. While being on the road, many situations would be disturbed if you pull out your big fancy DSLR.
#32. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 31RobLeo Nikonian since 20th Nov 2010Sat 01-Jan-11 08:20 AM
I keep my P5000 in my golf bag, since my DSLR is way too big for the bag.
But lately I've even switch to my iPhone for P&S, since that one I always carry on me.
Better with a P&S in the hand then ten DSLRs at home.
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#33. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 32wwp512 Nikonian since 28th Dec 2007Sat 08-Jan-11 01:31 AM
I didn't read all the post, but noticed the mentioning of LX3, LX5, D200. I have all three.
Well, "used to" have the LX3, until my daughter dropped it on tile floor Christmas Eve. Now I'm fondling the new LX5 that has just arrived.
For me, D200 and Nikons are for $ shots (I'm an amature photographer, but some times gets a "job" here and there.)
LX3(5) for my own photographic pleasures. I have made prints up-to 12x18.
I now find myself even using the camera on my BlackBerry! (But I have not make any print of any images yet.)
#34. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 33twowheels Nikonian since 22nd Apr 2007Sun 09-Jan-11 02:14 AM | edited Sun 09-Jan-11 02:24 AM by twowheels
I've also opted for having a P&S with me. I use a Canon PowerShot SX10IS a lot of the time and carry a smaller PowerShot in my truck's center console. I like both of them because they have swivel monitors and use AA batteries (and take good pics). And I put a very small Fujifilm Finepix F70 EXR in my motorcycle jacket so I'll have a camera I can get to quickly when on a putt.
If I'm going to shoot a pic of the bike and me against a specific background (I make my own Christmas cards each year and always motorcycle related), I take the PowerShot SX10IS and put it and a small tripod in my saddlebag. NAS grabbed me and I recently purchased the Nikon P100 and am still learining its use.
However, haven't abandon my D200, it's just left at work where I use it for product photography using SB800 & SB600 speedlights (I keep my D100 at home). But there again, I use the lil' P&S cameras at work too for test setups because they do a fine job and are quick at getting the job done. And I still use my 1st digital camera, the Nikon 990 for super close up shots, at work, or through the microscope when necessary (love the swivel capabilities of that camera).
#35. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 34Fri 25-Mar-11 03:57 AM | edited Fri 25-Mar-11 01:25 PM by canoeman
I thought I woulds chime in again since we have taken our Lumix ZS-7's to Europe and back. We limited ourselves to one suitcase and these small P&S cameras with their small chargers. I have to say that they were an excellent compromise and we took 5600 pictures and videos with them. It was a family trip and I am glad that we didn't lug our heavy gear.
These shoot jpeg only so we were giving up the raw, but the jpegs performed very well. The 25-300 zoom range was very helpful. I kept ISO's as low as possible, and I had a small rigid tripod for the night shots. We messed up a lot of shots in steamy, moving trains and buses, but they would have been lousy with the dslr's too. Their weakness was some noise in dim light, although they were excellent for the long night exposures.
We were extremely impressed with the video that we got out of them, closely comparable to our video cameras and indistinguishable in editing. Another thing that I thought might be a little gimmicky was the GPS, but I found that it saved me many times when trying to remember when a shot was taken. I recommend just leaving it on and carrying an extra battery.
You can see samples of these in the Europe 2010 section of our website. All other sections were with the D50 or D90's.
#36. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 35Sun 03-Apr-11 10:58 PM
Today I went on a local family day-trip. While I charged up the batteries of my D200 and SB800, I ended up leaving it at home. I took my LX3 and Nikon F100 with me instead.
The convincing factor was when I packed my gripped D200, SB800 and Nikon 17-55mm 2.8 AF-S lens in a small camera bag. It felt Like I was carrying a brick. I realized that I would get the same results with my LX3, so I took it with me instead of the D200. I decided to take my F100 with me as well because I was in a film mood today (besides, I love the feel and performance of my F100).
I'm seriously considering getting an Olympus EPL-2 because of the weight factor. If the IQ of the Olympus is better than that of my LX3, I won't think twice.
#37. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 36plankowner110 Nikonian since 18th Apr 2004Fri 22-Apr-11 01:26 PM
I have a Nikon P5000 that comes in handy when I don't want to carry a bulky SLR. In fact, I took the P5000 on my last trip to Iceland and there are P5000 photos posted in my Nikonians Gallery.
F100, D90, P5000
#39. "RE: Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's? " | In response to Reply # 37Lynceus Charter MemberSat 30-Apr-11 08:03 PM
Using the LX-5 quite a bit and for family/personal trips I'm using the Canon G9 (it has longer range than the LX-5 and is more versatile).
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